"In 1959, 503 children under the age of 5 died from poisonings. In 2005, 41 died. While 41 is still too many, look at what we've accomplished by working together," Lolmaugh said.
While childhood poisonings remain an issue, an alarming trend today is the increase in adult poisoning deaths, often due to unintentional overdoses of opioid analgesics, or painkillers, Lolmaugh said. Nationwide, drug overdoses are the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death, after motor vehicle crashes. In 2005, more than 20,000 adults ages 25-64 died of unintentional poisonings.
"While children's poisonings have declined, poisoning deaths are greatly increasing among adults. Adult poison deaths most frequently involve prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, illegal drugs and alcohol," Lolmaugh said.
Events like National Poison Prevention Week emphasize the most common poisoning risks for adults and children, and offer educational resources for parents to protect their children and adults to make informed decisions regarding their use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
The National Poison Prevention Week Council includes 33 members representing national organizations and federal agencies with an interest in and commitment to programs aimed at preventing unintentional poisonings. To learn more, visit http://www.poisonprevention.org/about.htm.
The National Safety Council (www.nsc.org) saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes, communities and on the roads, through leadership, research, education and advocacy.
|SOURCE National Safety Council|
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